The Most Common Skincare Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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It can be tricky to find the right skincare products for your face. Knowing what common skincare mistakes to avoid can go a long way in making sure you have the best skin care routine possible. Read on to learn more about the common skincare mistakes.

1. Having an Inconsistent Routine

A good skin care routine is an important part of your day, and skipping out on it can have negative consequences on your skin. Be sure to stick to a routine as consistently as possible – set reminders on your phone if that’ll help!

2. Overapplying Products

It’s important to let your skin “breathe,” which means that you shouldn’t have too many products on your face. If you’ve got a product with retinol, for example, you should only use one (and start slow to ease into using the product). If you apply too many products, you could wind up with red, dry, flaky or irritated skin. 

3. Applying Products Too Often

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Likewise, applying the same product too often can lead to breakouts, congestion, and the other issues that we’ve referred to above. Be sure to follow the directions on each product to avoid skin care mistakes like this one!

4. Applying Products Out of Order

Putting your products on in the wrong order can make it harder for your skin to absorb the active ingredients that should be nourishing it. This is especially true if you apply thicker products/moisturizers before thinner ones/serums – so be sure to follow the right order

5. Ignoring Your Skin Type

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It should go without saying that, if your skin is dry, you shouldn’t be using drying products. In fact, you shouldn’t even trouble yourself with anti-acne products, since acne is most commonly found in oily skin. Of course, people with dry skin aren’t entirely out of the woods when it comes to acne, and dry skin tends to be more prone to wrinkles.

In other words, the top 10 skin care products for your skin type will differ from the top products for another skin type. Those with dry skin shouldn’t use products formulated for oily skin, and vice versa. If you find that you’re prone to other skin conditions (like eczema, psoriasis, allergies, etc.), then you should take those into account too. 

Combination skin is especially tricky to work with, since there are some parts of the face that are oily and some that are dry – but rest assured, there are plenty of products out there for combination skin as well!

6. Being Overly Vigorous

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The skin on your face (and especially your eyes) is sensitive, so you should treat it with care. The problem is that most of us are in a hurry when we’re doing our skincare routine, and we’re less than gentle. This can lead to premature wrinkles, especially around the eye area.

There are a few ways to “fix” this issue:

  • Start your skincare routine earlier so you’re not rushing
  • Play peaceful music to remind yourself to slow down
  • Use your ring finger to apply products (it’s your weakest digit)
  • Use gentle, upward strokes – it’s time to try defying gravity

7. Not Removing Makeup Before Bed

Failing to wash your face at the end of the day can lead to clogged pores, acne, or styes. That’s not exactly putting your best face forward, so it’s important to be sure that you remove makeup before bed every day. If you’re concerned that you will be in too much of a hurry to do it, you can always carry travel makeup remover wipes with you. Whether you do it on the ride home (while someone else is driving) or as soon as you return home, it’ll ensure your face skin care routine can start again the next day.

8. Forgetting Sun Protection


Neglecting to apply a moisturizer with sunscreen in the morning can lead to melanoma (skin cancer), which we want to avoid! It’s especially important to apply sunscreen if you typically use a moisturizer with retinol or vitamin A. 

While retinol works wonders for skin, it can definitely increase your sensitivity to sunlight, so a good skin care routine is to start every day with a clean face, moisturizer, and sunscreen on top!

9. Bad Storage Practices

Did you know that the bathroom is one of the worst places to keep your skincare products? The humidity and heat can wreak havoc on your products – which is maybe why keeping beauty refrigerators has become trendy! They allow you to keep products in a cool, dry place, out of the sun. And there are other benefits to applying cold skincare products!

10. Using Harsh Chemicals and Ingredients

Face creams

 It can be oddly tempting to use harsh chemicals and ingredients. Depending on the generation you grew up in, you may remember some products that had a “cooling sensation” as you applied them. Yeah – in many cases, those products are burning and irritating your skin. Just say no and your skin will be happier for it!

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